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Easy Tips To Create A Professional PowerPoint Presentation

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Easy Tips To Create A Professional PowerPoint Presentation

Whether you’re using PowerPoint or a different tool at work, creating presentations may seem like an easy task. However, the last thing you want to do is to stand in front of your peers watching them fall asleep as you talk. If you’ve been left with the responsibility of creating a professional PowerPoint presentation, there are a few simple ways you can ensure you create something that is exciting and makes people want to learn more about what you have to say.

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In fact, a poorly designed presentation can even make your audience irritated. Blurry graphics, the wrong sized text and font that is hard to read are all major factors to what could turn out to be a bad presentation. Instead, with a few simple tweaks, you’ll have a presentation that leaves your colleagues wanting more.

  1. Plan your presentation
    It goes without saying that before you even start creating a presentation, you need to plan it sufficiently. You will need to define what message you want to share with your audience and what your presentation goals are. From there, creating headlines for each slide on Post-It notes can help you to layout your presentation in front of you to have a clearer idea of what you will place on each slide. Make sure you have a clear beginning, middle and end and write your script accordingly.

  2. Keep your presentation simple
    When presenting to your audience, you don’t want your slides to be unnecessarily complicated. Your story and your message could get derailed by an over-complicated slideshow, which is only going to act as a distraction to your audience. It’s important to remember to not feel like you have to fill every single area of your slide. The less clutter on a slide, the more it will help support your presentation, rather than distract.

  3. Choose the right fonts
    Unless you’re a PowerPoint designer, stick to a single font face using basic colours and font sizes. You need to ensure your fonts are easy to read and aren’t too cluttered on each slide. As well as choosing the right font, you don’t want to overload a slide with a wall of text. Instead, include just the main points to not overwhelm your audience with too much information.

  4. Limit your bullet points
    Always keep in mind that your PowerPoint presentation is there to support you. The slides should only mean something to the audience if you’re there talking them through it. So many presentations are filled to the brim with bullet point after bullet point. If you really need to help your audience take in more information after the presentation is completed, a hand-out that they can take home with them is much more beneficial than huge lists within your presentation.

  5. Select the right images
    In some cases, images may not be necessary. But, when you do choose images, make sure they’re the right ones. Forget about using old-school clip-art images and instead choose professional stock images. The image used should be there to reinforce your message, not to make things look pretty. Bar charts and graphs are usually helpful but again, limit these if possible. As an example, you likely don’t need a graph to show the 20% increase in sales in the last quarter, but an image showing how it was done might be useful.

  6. Practice, practice, practice
    The saying “practice makes perfect” is absolutely true when it comes to presentations. Practice going over your presentation and speaking it out loud. Go through your slides as you talk to make sure slides are in the correct order, the slides match what you’re saying and that you’re not relying too heavily on the presentation to send your message. If possible, practice your speech with the slides in front of a colleague. They can have an extra set of eyes over everything and may pick up on small typos that you could have missed. It’s a great way to collaborate with a team member and they may help you to give your presentation a new approach that you may not have thought of previously.

  7. Hire an expert
    If you’re in a situation where your presentation could make or break a deal, this is where you may consider hiring an expert. Doing it on your own may not be enough, so investing in a professional PowerPoint presentation design agency may be worth your time. One of the biggest reasons to hire a professional is that they have the experience and expertise to save you a huge amount of time. You can easily avoid all the mistakes that could happen with creating your own PowerPoint presentation and get your presentation ready as quickly as possible. Their experience makes them hugely knowledgeable on how to use PowerPoint in ways that many people don’t even realise exists or is even possible.

Creating a presentation worthy of everyone’s time takes great care and practice. With the right elements, you’ll be able to have a PowerPoint presentation that helps send your message accurately. Even if you’re a great speaker, a poorly made presentation can make or break your speech. For company presentations, keynote conferences, or pitching presentations, choosing a professional to create your presentation truly pays off.

If you’re looking for high-quality presentation designs, contact the experts at Design Arena. We have the experience and knowledge to ensure your PowerPoint presentation is professional, accurate and beautifully designed. Contact today for a free quote.

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Bringing back the Power to PowerPoint

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Bringing back the Power to PowerPoint

Too often PowerPoint receives bashing and public shaming, at times even being labeled as ‘making us stupid’. Some cry out that PowerPoint should be banned and that the people who it is delivered to are put in a dangerous position of being mentally numbed. But dynamic creative presentations can give PowerPoint the power!

Good tradespeople don’t blame their tools

The issue here is not the tool - the program PowerPoint itself does not make us stupid. It is the people who are using the program poorly. PowerPoint when used correctly, creatively and innovatively goes beyond simple bullet points and can bring your key messages to life, not death.

Where the issue lies

If you want your bathroom tiled, do you hire a Ballerina to tile your bathroom and then complain about the poor tiling job? Or do you get a professional tiler who specialises in tiling? Many companies are using available resources who don’t have the PowerPoint expertise. Some opt for engaging big expensive agencies that don’t have the PowerPoint knowledge or the user experience to design their PowerPoint presentations.

PowerPoint not PowerPointless

There are some simple unwritten rules for PowerPoint that unfortunately too many people are unaware of. All presenters MUST face their audience: good presenters actually present and never turn their backs, this is commonly known as ‘PowerPointLESS’. It is critical that the presentations are made for the audience and not for yourself. People read the text that they see on the slides that you present. Less is more: make sure they are listening to your key points and not reading ahead ignoring the presenter. Visuals need to support your script, not match it.

How Design Arena can Help?

Trust that a presentation designed and created by Design Arena is never ‘PowerPointLESS’. We are that special breed of creatives who live and breathe in the corporate world. We bring beautiful design to your brand, have an incredible eye for detail and understand your deadlines. We have a client list that includes Lexus, Subaru, Jack Daniels, NSW Mining, NSW Health, KFC and Ogilvy.

“There’s a very rare breed in this industry and that’s a highly talented designer who’s work is of the highest calibre, always considers nothing too much of a problem, and is an absolute delight to work with. Angelica is one such designer.
A true professional, she’s quick, efficient and has a keen eye for every small detail. We particularly loved how she could work in Powerpoint and leave us with highly-designed, editable presentations that we can use again and again. (Who knew Powerpoint could look so, un-powerpoint?!) We’d love to work with her again.”

LEIGH BIGNELL
Executive Business Director

Ogilvy Sydney

If you are looking for dynamic creative presentations with beautiful pizazz and you want to stand out from the rest, contact Design Arena.

(We don’t need to blame our tools). 

Angelica Butler
Creative Director
DESIGN ARENA
www.designarena.com.au

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